Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poems

  • 451.  
    For many long uninterrupted years
    She was the friend and confidant of Art; They walked together, heart communed with heart
  • 452.  
    Once over the ocean in distant lands,
    In an age long past, were two hostile bands-Two armies of men, both brave, both strong,
  • 453.  
    Veils, everywhere float veils; veils long and black,
    Framing white faces, oft-times young and fair,But, like a rose touched by untimely frost,
  • 454.  
    Wherefore in dreams are sorrows born anew,
    A healed wound opened, or the past revived? Last night in my deep sleep I dreamed of you â??
  • 455.  
    I think I hear the sound of horses' feet
    Beating upon the graveled avenue.Go to the window that looks on the street,
  • 456.  
    As I go and shop, sir!
    If a car I stop, sir! Where you chance to sit,
  • 457.  
    The stork flew over a town one day,
    And back of each wing an infant lay; One to a rich manâ??s home he brought,
  • 458.  
    â??Anticipation is sweeter than realisation.â??

  • 459.  
    As the ambitious sculptor, tireless, lifts
    Chisel and hammer to the block at hand,Before my half-formed character I stand
  • 460.  
    O mother who sips sweetened liquors!
    Look down at the child on your breast;Think, think of the rough path before him,
  • 461.  
    When your love begins to wane,
    Spare me from the cruel painOf all speech that tells me so -
  • 462.  
    If it were in my dead Pastâ??s power
    To let my Present baskIn some lost pleasure for an hour,
  • 463.  
    I will paint you a sign, rumseller,
    And hang it above your door; A truer and better signboard
  • 464.  
    I am all tired out, said the mouth, with a pout,
    I am all tired out with talk.Just wait, said the knee, till you're lame as you can be-
  • 465.  
    Out from my window westward
    I turn full oft my face; But the mountains rebuke the vision
  • 466.  
    Three million women without mates
    In lonely homes on earth!And Cupid sighs at heaven's gates,
  • 467.  
    When the first sere leaves of the year were falling,

  • 468.  
    Oh! we love all the French, and we speak in French
    As along through France we go.But the moments to us that are keen and sweet
  • 469.  
    One moment alone in the garden,
    Under the August skies; The moon had gone but the stars shone on, -
  • 470.  
    I: BLIND

  • 471.  
    I saw a youth, one of God's favored few,
    Crowned with beauty, and talents, and health;He had climbed the steep pathway, and cut his way through
  • 472.  
    There is grief in the cup!
    I saw a proud mother set wine on the board;The eyes of her son sparkled bright as she poured
  • 473.  
    Sir Knight of the world's oldest order,
    Sir Knight of the Army of God,You have crossed the strange mystical border,
  • 474.  
    It is easy enough to be pleasant
    When life flows by like a song,But the man worth while is the one who will smile
  • 475.  
    Strange are the ways that her feet have trod
    Since first she was set in the path of duty,Finished and fair by the hand of God,
  • 476.  
    What would I ask the kindly fates to give
    To crown her life, if I could have my way?My strongest wishes would be negative,
  • 477.  
    Falling upon the frozen world last
    I heard the slow beat of the Winter rain-Poor foolish drops, down-dripping all in vain;
  • 478.  
    There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
    Can circumvent or hinder or controlThe firm resolve of a determined soul.
  • 479.  
    You will be what you will to be;
    Let failure find its false contentIn that poor word “environment,”
  • 480.  
    There are two kinds of people on earth to-day;
    Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.
  • 481.  
    When thy hand touches mine, through all the mesh
    Of intricate and interlaced veins Shoot swift delights that border on keen pains:
  • 482.  
    Now, while thy rounded cheek is fresh and fair,
    While beauty lingers, laughing, in thine eyes,Ere thy young heart shall meet the stranger, “Care,”
  • 483.  
    Half-way unto the end-the week's high noon.
    The morning hours do speed away so soon!And, when the noon is reached, however bright,
  • 484.  
    High in the heavens I saw the moon this morning,
    Albeit the sun shone bright;Unto my soul it spoke, in voice of warning,
  • 485.  
    They stood at the garden gate.
    By the lifting of a lidShe might have read her fate
  • 486.  
    Let mine not be that saddest fate of all
    To live beyond my greater self; to see My faculties decaying, as the tree
  • 487.  
    In the youth of the year, when the birds were building,
    When the green was showing on tree and hedge,And the tenderest light of all lights was gilding
  • 488.  

  • 489.  
    In the fair morning of his life,
    When his pure heart lay in his breast, Panting, with all that wild unrest
  • 490.  
    Two sat down in the morning time,
    One to sing and one to spin.All men listened the song sublime-
  • 491.  
    So much one thought about the life beyond
    He did not drain the waters of his pond;And when death laid his children 'neath the sod
  • 492.  
    Two dead men boarded a spectral ship
    In the astral Port of Space;On that ghost-filled barque, they met in the dark,
  • 493.  
    One leaned on velvet cushions like a queen-
    To see him pass, the hero of an hour,Whom men called great. She bowed with languid mien,
  • 494.  
    Another morning's banners are unfurled-
    Another day looks smiling on the world.It holds new laurels for thy soul to win;
  • 495.  
    The highest culture is to speak no ill,
    The best reformer is the man whose eyesAre quick to see all beauty and all worth;
  • 496.  
    We two in the fever and fervour and glow
    Of life's high tide have rejoiced together;We have looked out over the glittering snow,
  • 497.  
    In an interview with Lawrence Barrett, he said:
    “The literature of the New World must look to the Westfor its poetry.”
  • 498.  
    Mother says, “Be in no hurry,
    Marriage oft means care and worry.”
  • 499.  
    Time has made conquest of so many things
    That once were mine. Swift-footed, eager youthThat ran to meet the years; bold brigand health,
  • 500.  
    So well the week has sped, hast thou a friend,
    Go spend an hour in converse. It will lendNew beauty to thy labours and thy life
Total 710 poems written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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You smile upon your friend to-day,
To-day his ills are over;
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'Tis late to hearken, late to smile,
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